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Key dates over September 1917

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Lives lost on this day: 7

21st September 1917 - Cyclist’s Offence

Rolling casualty count: 7574

War Front:

2nd Batt: Batt improving protection of the huts against bombs with sand-bagging. The CO lectured on Gheluvelt in the Church Army Hut pm. Enemy aeroplanes very active in the evening and dropped bombs close to the camp.

4th Batt: Inspection of trench kit and rifles during the day. At 6 pm the Batt moved up the line and relieved the 1st Coldstream Guards.

2/7th Batt: Inspection and lecture by Brigadier Gen 183rd Brigade. Capt WE Boucher and 2nd Lt PD Hitchen went to Divisional Depot.

10th Batt: During fighting yesterday 2nd Lt P Jones was killed and 2nd Lts H Thompson, HM Hale, J Froggatt, EC Caswell, FA Brett and HJ Luckman MC were wounded. Twenty other ranks were killed and 95 wounded. 28 men were missing.

Batt consolidating the new line and establishing new posts. 2nd Lt LB Hunt was wounded, 10 other ranks were killed and 99 wounded with 5 men missing.

Home Front:

Worcestershire and the War: Military Cross awarded to Capt. John Bernard Cavenagh, M.B., R.A.M. C., Spec. Res: When in charge of bearers he exposed himself to shell fire for 48 hours with splendid fearlessness, keeping all the time in touch with aid posts in the captured line, thereby ensuring a rapid evacuation of the wounded.

The following resolution was passed at the September meeting of the Council of the South Midland District Federation of Class Teachers’ Associations: “That this Council is of the opinion that it is not in the best interests of the elementary education of the children of Worcestershire that Mr. Willis Bund should continue to be the Chairman of the Worcestershire Education Committee, but that it is very desirable that another Chairman should be appointed who can appreciate the work of the members of the teaching profession at its national value and who will command the respect of all educationalists, parents and teachers of the county.”

The King’s Tour Ended: The King, having concluded his tour in Scotland, returned to Windsor today. His Majesty, who was looking very well, drove directly to the Castle.

Cyclist’s Offence: Albert Marshall (17), Jacob’s Ladder, Claines, was charged with riding a bicycle without a front white light. P.C. Collett said that he saw defendant riding a bicycle along the Barbourne Road. Witness turned his lamp on defendant and asked him why he had no light. Defendant said that he had no oil. The witness added that the defendant had been riding along the Ombersley Road for the past two months without a white light and in some cases without a red one. Sometimes he had no lamps at all. When he called on defendant to stop he rode faster. Witness added that the defendant said that he thought it was another cyclist or else he would not have stopped on this occasion. The Bench fined defendant 10s.

Chimney on Fire: L.-Cpl. Luke Yarnold, 4 Court, 3 House, High Street, was fined 1s. for having a chimney on fire.

Pastorate at Worcester: The death took place yesterday of the Rev. Robert Vaughan Pryce, Principal Emeritus of New College, Hampstead. Dr. Pryce had a brilliant University career and Glasgow University conferred upon him the degree of D.D. He was trained for the Congregational Ministry at the College of which eventually he became head. He first held pastorates at Brighton, Worcester and Stamford Hill. He was Principal of New College for nearly 20 years, retiring in 1907. [Dr. Vaughan Pryce was Minister of Angel Street Church from 1871 to 1876. His son, the Rev. B. Vaughan Pryce, is Minister at the present time.]

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team